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Your complete guide to health and hygiene in the home
Knowing the answers to key questions like ‘what is hygiene?’ and ‘why is hygiene important?’ can help us keep us and the people we care about happy and healthy. Germs are responsible for illness and infection, and although the world of bacteria is a complex one (some types of bacteria are good for you, after all!), there’s lots of easy ways we can maintain health and hygiene at home.
Good hygiene practices are as straight forward as keeping germs at bay, which isn’t just one person’s job; it’s a team effort. This article will break it down, offering home hygiene tips that everyone can put into practice.
Health and hygiene in living areas
Everyone comes together in the living room, and it’s the first room that guests and pets come into from the outside, so there’s sure to be germs lurking. They won’t hang around for long, though, with these home hygiene tips for all areas of the house.
- Wipe down surfaces. The areas that everyone comes into contact with – tables, workbenches, door handles, etc. – should be the first places that you wipe down to prevent colds from spreading.
- Blow your nose properly. This home hygiene tip is for everyone: it’s important to dispose of tissues as soon as you’ve finished with them, so that any germs are contained before they have a chance to spread. Try placing a small bin in every room, so there’s always one to hand.
- Good hygiene practices around pets. Your pets might look cute, but don’t be deceived: they can be germ magnets. Make sure everyone washes their hands after your pet has licked them, and clean litter trays as soon as you notice they’ve been used.
Health and hygiene tips for the kitchen
Wrap or cover food that’s waiting to be served with a strong, absorbent kitchen paper that’s safe next to food, like Plenty. It’ll help keep it fresh and germ-free until it’s ready to be eaten.
Good health and hygiene is particularly important in the kitchen because it’s where we prepare and consume food.
- Clean surfaces after preparing raw meat and eggs. These are the most common sources of harmful bacteria in the kitchen, so take extra care to clean your surfaces thoroughly after preparation – including where you’ve rested the packaging or shells on your work surface.
- Use different coloured chopping boards. Raw meat can contaminate other food, so give your good hygiene practices a helping hand by buying different coloured chopping boards for each food type to be sure there’s no cross contamination.
- Use Plenty paper towels for everything from quickly wiping up spills to bigger jobs like cleaning the hob, Plenty is perfect to tackle it all. It’s both wringable and wettable, so you can clean up your mess then dispose of after use to limit germs.
Good hygiene practices in the bathroom
Here we are: the most obvious hygiene hazard zone in any house. Good health and hygiene in the bathroom is all about good toilet hygiene.
Keep a packet of Plenty Handy Towels by the bathroom sink. With an easy dispensing packet and handy single sheets, they’re perfect for hygienic and fast access post-hand-washing.
- Stay stocked up with nice, anti-bacterial hand wash. Everyone should wash their hands with soap under warm running water after every trip to the loo. The easiest home hygiene tips to follow are the ones you’ll enjoy following, so pick out an antibacterial hand wash with your favourite scent to make hand washing a treat.
- Keep some absorbent paper towels for hand drying. The fastest way to make hands unhygienic again after washing is to wipe them down on your jeans or an old hand towel. To avoid this, always have some paper towels handy so everyone in the house can dry their hands cleanly and effortlessly.
- Wash your hands more often. If you’re confused about exactly how often, check out our guide on when you should wash your hands, and how to wash them effectively.
If you’re looking to level up your health and hygiene even further, check out our page on hidden bacteria in the kitchen: places to check and how to clean them.